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Chanelling my inner Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is the quintessential symbol of Italian beauty. Think luscious dark hair, deep smouldering eyes and sultry lips. She embodies not only the looks but the attitude that women around the world envy and try to replicate.

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

That’s all very well and good for Sophia to  say, but some of us need a bit extra help. This help comes in the form of olive oil. Sophia apparently takes at least 2 tbsp a day and occasionally bathes in it to keep her skin beautiful.

So whilst I’m currently unable to eat as I’m fasting for Ramadan, I thought I’d take the opportunity to cover my body in some Italian inspired goodness to hopefully help me glow like Sophia!

Since I discovered the benefits of olive oil, I rarely use anything else on my skin. It serves all purposes, cleanser, moisturiser, exfoliator.

So here’s what I did today:

Hair and face mask

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp honey

Mix it up and smother it on! 


Give it a good massage all over and then I wrapped my head in cling film. Mainly to avoid getting a towel all sticky, but also to just keep it all in place and warm and let it work its magic. 

I left it on for an hour while I watched the finale of Gomorra season 2. Evaii! Let’s hope my skin and hair turns out as amazing!

So after an hour of tense viewing jump in the shower and rinse. Take a handful of sugar in with you and use the oily goodness on your knees and elbows with the sugar to exfoliate. 

You will come out sparkling like an Italian diva! To finish off, smother your body with a generous helping of yet more olive oil. It’s the best after a shower while you’re still warm to aid absorption. I even use it on my face. If the thought of pure olive oil on your face freaks you out then make a water/oil mix in a spray bottle. 


How do I look? This is my best attempt at fresh faced, no makeup italian beauty. Ready to slick on some red listick and prepare for tonight methinks! 

Do you have any Italian inspired beauty tips to share?

I’ll leave you with some final word o wisdom from Sophia:

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

 Let’s all go out and live our lives beautifully with no regrets x

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